Saturday, July 7, 2007

Prince Castle When Its 94 Degrees

See those veins in my temple? That's from the sun, which I relish more than I do the cold, the only down side being that I get wavering vision and can feel my heartbeat in my eyes and without my reading glasses I feel like the guy on the receiving end of that scalpel in the illustration. Today would have been a great day for Prince Castle, which Richard recalls, I'll wager. Went there as a kid, even when I lived in Humboldt Park and we traveled southward to see my auntie and uncle. The fortress stood at about 97th and Southwest Highway, and had multi-colored cubes of ice cream and sherbet. Maybe the cubes went with the castle motif, I don't know. Another place that is RIP, I think there is a Ford dealership there now...Wayne


HemlockMan said...

I'd go back and take photos of the places I frequented as a kid...but I fear they're all gone. I'd wager every damned one of them.

One of my favroite spots when I lived in Decatur GA was a kickass phenomenal hobby shop down the street from where we lived. We were only about a mile from downtown Decatur in those days and I'd sometimes tag along with my older brother to a hobby shop right on the square. It was--to my child's eyes--the greatest place on Earth. Slot cars (races held there regularly on kickass elevated tracks), model airplanes, Aurora kits out the ass, etc. and etc.

It's gone, now, I know. I suspect the building's still there, but I'm not sure.

Charles Gramlich said...

seems like a good time for a line such as: "You eyeballing me, boy?"

Steve Malley said...

A couple-three years ago, I went back to the States for the first time in forever. I was so excited to show the Tiny Dynamo my youthful haunts. I think my trusty native guides grew weary of their litany:

Closed. Closed. Closed and torn down. That one's a restaurant now. Helath food store. Turned out it was a meth lab and they had to tear it down and salt the earth on which it stood.

I had no idea St Paul had so many hidden meth labs!

It was really sad feeling like a stranger in a place I once knew so well...

Great vein, by the way!

Kate S said...

This heat sucks. Only one more day, allegedly.

Hang in there.